Michelin Pro4 Service Course Tire - Clincher

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Description

As the first to develop easily removable bicycle tires (what we know as clinchers), Michelin stamped their authority on bike racing in 1891 at the Paris-Brest-Paris road race. Their win in Paris began a long string of victories that nearly spans the history of the bicycle. The PRO4 Service Course Tire is the 4th generation of the only clincher tire to ever win on the cobbles at Roubaix, and it’s one of four tires in the PRO4 lineup. The PRO4 Service Course is an overall better tire than its predecessor, the PRO3 Race. This comes by way of a few significant changes, but the important result is that this tire is slightly more durable and, at the same time, faster.

Of the four models in the PRO4 series, the Service Course offers the best balance of longevity and performance. It’s different than the PRO3 in nearly all regards. Michelin’s new dual compound rubber is a bit harder in the center. This allows the PRO4 to uses 7% less energy when riding in a straight line than the PRO3. It also uses new elastomers and silica for extra grip on the shoulder portions. And while the casing uses the same 110 tpi fabric, the shape differs on the new tire. It sports a sharper profile that offers quicker transitions to steep lean angles and increases the surface area of the contact patch once leaned into turns. Both the new compound and larger contact patch increase the turning traction potential of the PRO4 Service Course by a good margin over the PRO3 Race – an astounding 16% better on wet roads. Expect similar improvement on dry roads as well.

One standout quality of the PRO4 is its flat resistance -- again, think about Paris-Roubaix. On the one hand you get their full-tread, nylon high-density breaker to resist insults from typical road garbage. But you also get sidewalls that -- at least to us -- have a long track record of blowout-resistance for gravel-happy rides. Both the AG2R La Mondiale and Project 1t4i teams will rely on their durability on the roads of Europe this season.

The Michelin PRO4 Service Course Tire is available in Black, Blue/black, Digital Blue/black, Red/black, and White/black in the 700x23c size. It’s also available in Black in a 700x25c size.

  • Full-tread nylon breaker
  • 23 and 25mm widths
  • Improved traction and durability over all Pro3 versions

Tech Specs

Size:
700 c x 23 mm, 700 c x 25 mm
Type:
clincher
Bead:
folding
Actual Weight:
Black, 700c x 23mm: 206g; Black, 700c x 25mm: 206g
Recommended Use:
road cycling

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Michelin Pro 4 Service Course

    Excellent combination of speed, resistance to puncture and great traction in turns and in the wet. On my third straight set on my Time RXRS. They seem to be made for each other.

    Plush Performance

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These tires perform phenomenally in corners, provide a compliant ride and overall good puncture resistance. I have zero complaints thus far. I should have bought a few more sets as backup.

    Great so far

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These tires are sticky out of the box, roll great on dry rides. I have only put 200 or so miles on these with no complaints. A big plus is that they look great too!

    Avg. ride time: 6h 30m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Great all around tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Easy fit on my HED Belgium+ rims (sames as the Ardennes plus, but a custom wheel build). Solid traction, fast rolling, and reasonably good wear. I've had several sets of these tires over the last five years.

    What PSI do you use for these tires on the HED Belgium+? I have the same rims.

    HED recommends a max pressure of 95psi for tires on their Belgium+ rims. I weigh 185lbs so I typically go with ~90psi. Lighter riders should go with lower pressure according to the discussions on the HED website.

    Solid all round tires

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    More durable than Vittoria Open Corsa, but i feel that it has a nicer road feel than Conti GP 4000 SII. They are by no means a "flat resistant" tire, but i've had no more flat on these than with any other higher end tire. Would definitely recommend as an all day training tire but still good enough to race on.

    Do not buy Michelin COMP for ROAD use.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Had to purchase an additional pair of service course tires which have always been absolutely flawless, outstanding Michelins.
    So good in fact that I got a little too ambitious with the weight savings and tried the "COMP" version (180grams).
    BIG mistake... a flat on nearly every outing, but THREE flats on the last outing did it... this is on a decent road where normally I never have flats on the usual service course tires -which are the subject of this review- and I cannot recommend them enough.
    They are SUPERB in EVERY RESPECT. Heavier than the comp by a mere 20 grams each, but the flat resistance is simply disproportionate, these are bullet (and thorn, and wire and glass) proof. amazing! five stars!

    So far so good

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I don't believe these tires are too tight as other buyers have stated. I used two tire levers to install them.

    I've put at least 300 miles on these tires and so far no problems. They seem to offer excellent flat protection and excellent handling.

    So far so good
    Avg. ride time: 3h 25m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Too Tight!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I put these on my HED Jet 6 wheels and I was literally TIRED after doing do. I usually manage to get tires in the rim without levers, but this time I had to use the lever and even then it was a pain in the ass! Since these are my race tires and I haven't been able to race them yet, I cannot comment on their performance, but as far as putting them on the wheel goes, they are extremely tight! (And you can read in other reviews it's not just me or my wheelset).

    Good tires, bead too tight on Reynolds

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Tires seem to perform fine. They actually ride much better and seem to roll faster at below 100psi. Noticed the sidewall recomendation is 90psi, so if you normally go 100>psi, try it a bit lower with these.
    The reason I won't buy again is they are a bear to put on my Reynolds wheels. I never need a tire lever, but these tires I NEED a lever and even two! And my fingers are raw afterwards... unfortunate. I think it's just a bad combination and I can't fault the tires.

    Great grip

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a wonderful tire with excellent grip and ride characteristics. the softer rubber compound give you the confidence to corner like a pro.

    Avg. ride time: 29m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Love these tires

      I've been riding these tires for the last couple seasons now and i have no intention of changing any time soon. I have two extra sets sitting in the basement just in case. I like that they come in a couple different colors as well.
      The grip is good but still lets you ride nice and quick.

      Nice tires

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I ride over 10K miles a year and the added comfort of the 25c tire is a welcome addition to the experience. These tires are a nice balance of light weight, puncture resistance, durability, ride quality and cost. You can find tires that do any of these better.. but these are a nice balance.

      Nice and comfy, but tight fit on my bike

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have been using the 23C version for many years, and decided recently to try the 25c version. I like it very much. No discernible difference from the 23c in terms of loss of speed. But over the bumps, the 25C is more comfortable, probably due in part to the lower pressure. Something to be aware of is that it barely fits on the front of the BMC bike with Campy brake. No such issue in the back. Could be my unique case. But I am sticking with the 25C from now on.

      back luck with these

        The sidewalls on both tires blew; a friend inspected the tires and noticed the same slash mark and he though some store clerk had been too free with a razor blade opening the box. Returned them

        Fast and tough

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I won't say that they are puncture resistance, but I've been riding these after switching from Bontrager and Continental. These tires have less rolling resistance and I rolled over stuff that I thought for sure I was going to pop. If you take care of these tire by regularly inflating them each ride and periodically deflating the tire and doing a full pump up it could last you all season long. I use baby powder to coat the inner tube.

        sweet

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have put on over 500 miles on these tires. they are super nice tires i have had one flat so far due to riding over an old wooden bridge. other then that i have loved these tires they grip well and have been very impressed with them. i would defiantly buy these tires again.

        Pro 4 Service Course and Conti 4000SII

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Been running Pro 4's for about 1800 miles now. They are definitely slower than the Conti GP4000SII, but they ride better, handle cornering better, and are more durable with road hazards. Summertime in the desert can be rough due to storm debris in the roads. I've ridden over hazards I know would have destroyed my Contis, but I have not had a flat yet with the Pro 4s. I mentioned they are slower. My qualitative assessment is about 1 to 1.5 mph slower for average pace over 25- to 50-mile rides. I researched rolling resistance and found they have higher values than the Contis, but you have to decide on the trade-off between speed and durability. Heck, they're slower, but they're not slow, everything is relative and I'm sure different riding conditions affect performance. The Contis are far more suseptable to road hazards and puncturing, having ruined several within a week of installation, that gets expensive. That said, I'm using the Contis for racing and the Pro 4s otherwise. FYI, Michelin issued a Version 2 of the Pro 4 line, anyone notice any difference? I just bought another set of Pro 4s which are V2, only problem is, I don't know if I had V1 or V2 on the bike for my first set.

        I noticed they don't inflate as large as they used to. I think the 25c used to inflate to ~28c but now are closer to ~25c. Both still ride the same to me and still my favorite tire, although I preferred the older bigger version.

        Great Tire

          I put these tires on my bike for a 200 mile race. I loved them. I felt like they were smooth and had low resistance. I train with gatorskins for the added durability but when the time counts, I'll put on Pro4s.

          Same here. Gatorskins are nice for long hauls, especially here in FL. Training in the back country here is no place to get caught with a flat. I swap right back to my Pro4's for race day.

          My go to tire

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I may have reviewed these before but from my experience they rate a follow-up. Switched from Conti 4000s when the Pro4 came out after BAD wet weather experience. The Pro4 continues to be my go to tire. I have considered "straying" but still come back. I got >4,000 miles on may last set (live near Chicago and overall the streets are pretty good). I run about 90 psi and have great traction and feel. For me they work and when CC had the sale at $30 I could not pass it up. There is always the "fear of switching" and I was concerned about leaving Conti for the unknown. Glad I did. I have read numerous reviews over the years and you do need to factor in road conditions and your riding style. Not that Conti produces a bad tire but for me the Michelin work better.